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Historic Photos Show American Canoe Association's First Encampment on Lake Geogrge

Posted: 8/19/2020 - 1-minute Read

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Historic Photos Show American Canoe Association

We're back with the third installment of our #FlashbackFriday collaboration with the Lake George Mirror📰

This week we're going way back to 1880 with the first encampment of the American Canoe Association  🚣‍♂️.

The Mirror provided us with some beautiful historic illustrations, and fascinating photographs by Seneca Ray Stoddard, the ACA's official photographer who wore many hats including naturalist, writer, and cartographer.

From the Lake George Mirror:

"It was 140 years ago, in the summer of 1880, that the American Canoe Association held its first encampment on Lake George, having been founded here the summer before.
The Lake George Mirror's editor at the time, Al Merrick, covered the paddling and sailing races as well as the contests of skill. You can read his original report in this week's Lake George Mirror. Lake George hosted encampments again in 1881 and 1882, with most of the canoeists camping on the largest of the Canoe Islands, now owned by Canoe Island Lodge. To learn more about the founding of the American Canoe Association (going strong to this day) and the first canoe encampments on Lake George, visit the Lake George Mirror's website lakegeorgemirror.com."


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